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Dr Nikita Kanani

Centenary Souvenir

Chief Clinical Officer, NHS Bexley CCG, and General Practitioner, London Dr Nikita Kanani is passionate about improving service provision and access to the NHS for all patients. She is a part-time General Practitioner in South East London and Chief Clinical Officer of NHS Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and until recently was the Chair of this CCG. Nikita has been a GP at Bellegrove Surgery in Welling since 2012, having been a GP trainee there since 2009.

She has held a range of portfolio positions within the CCG to support the development of mental health services, integrated care, primary care, clinical leadership and patient/public engagement. She is the senior Responsible Officer for the new models of care workstream as part of the south-east London Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), a London Board Member for NHS Clinical Commissioners and part of the council for the National Association of Primary Care. Nikita has previously held a number of leadership positions, including National Quality Lead for the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management; Medical Adviser for NHS Direct; Clinical Lead for a large community provider Trust; Primary Care Trust Lead for winter planning and screening assurance; and Service Modernisation Lead for an Acute Trust.

Nikita holds an MSc in Healthcare Commissioning and has a Postgraduate Certificate in Managing Health and Social Care, a Healthcare Financial Management Association Certificate, is a PRICE2 (Projects IN Controlled Environments) Practitioner, and a ‘lean’ trainer. She is a recipient of the NHS London ‘prepare to lead’ scheme and holds a DRCOG and Diploma of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health. An active public speaker, this doctor is clearly a doer. She has presented nationally and internationally on opportunities and collaboration in the new NHS. Her best career decision was to embrace the #worklifechaos because according to Nikita, a ‘work-life balance’ does not really exist. “Always leap, jump and hopscotch through the opportunities life presents you. Be like ‘crazing paving’ as a mentor once told me. Take your time having children, or caring for your family, or pursuing your interests – you have one life, so live it well,” she says. Nikita is also a Mentor. She is committed to developing clinical leadership in the rapidly changing primary care landscape. Pulse Magazine named her as a top ‘up and coming’ GP in 2012 and again in 2013. She was shortlisted for the GP magazine first-five Enterprise Award in 2014 and named as one of Health Service Journal’s (HSJ) ‘rising stars’ as well as an HSJ’s top 50 care integrator in 2014, and an HSJ top 50 Inspirational Women in healthcare. In 2016, NHS Bexley CCG was shortlisted in the HSJ Awards category as CCG of the Year. Nikita co-founded and now Chairs the Network, an online community that connects over 3,000 doctors, health professionals and medical students who are keen to improve the quality of healthcare. With her astrophysicist sister, Nikita has established STEMMsisters, an enterprise which aims to inspire and empower people from disadvantaged backgrounds to study ‘STEMM’ subjects and access mentoring and coaching opportunities. Nikita lives with her GP husband and their two children. She regards her husband as her inspiration and is most proud of her family. * Favourite Book: Shantaram – a very real romp through Mumbai which coincided with my own adventures there * Three objects Nikita cannot live without: Photos, The boxes of drawing my kids make for me, Various pieces of artwork by the kids. I am enormously sentimental

Nikita’s advice to junior doctors is “She turned her cant’s into cans…And her dreams into plans.” (Kobi Yamada)


Medical Woman – Magazine Centenary Issue, April 2017  

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